When Jennifer Gilbert was just a year out of college, a twenty-two-year-old fresh-faced young woman looking forward to a bright future, someone tried to cut her life short in the most violent way. But she survived, and not wanting this traumatic event to define her life, she buried it deep within and never spoke of it again.
She bravely launched a fabulous career in New York as an event planner, designing lavish parties and fairy-tale weddings. Determined to help others celebrate and enjoy life's greatest moments, she was convinced she'd never again feel joy herself. Yet it was these weddings, anniversaries, and holiday parties, showered with all her love and attention through those silent, scary years, that slowly brought her back to life.
Always the calm in the event-planning storm—she could fix a ripped wedding dress, solve the problem of an undelivered wedding cake in the nick of time, and move a party with two days' notice when disaster struck—there was no crisis that she couldn't turn into a professional triumph. Somewhere along the way, she felt a stirring in her heart and began yearning for more than just standing on the sidelines living vicariously through other people's lives. She fell in love, had her heart broken a few times, and then one day she found true love in a place so surprising that it literally knocked her out of her chair.
As Gilbert learned over and over again, no one's entitled to an easy road, and some people's roads are bumpier than others. But survive each twist and turn she does—sometimes with tears, sometimes with laughter, and often with both.
Warm, wise, alternately painful and funny, I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag is an inspiring memoir of survival, renewal, and transformation. It's a tale about learning to let go and be happy after years of faking it, proving that while we can't always control what happens to us, we can control who we become. And instead of anticipating our present in a goodie bag at the end of an event, we realize our presence at every event is the real gift.
LOVED this book, especially as a woman living in NYC, I was incredibly inspired. I've recommended it to so many friends already!Published 2 months ago by NYCReader
I read about this woman in my Success magazine. This is a true story and a must read.Published 4 months ago by AGraci
I thought it was very open and honest. It was not what I expected when I chose this book but I enjoyed reading it in spite of the trauma the author endured. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazing Trisha
I was very excited n really looking forward to reading this book. I was expecting a lot of interesting insights into the world of party planning mixed in with amusing anecdotes. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kenneth A. Dash
Beautiful, horrifying, encouraging...this story is so full of twists and turns that I sometimes forgot she was writing about her own life! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kristi Coyne, MA
I just want to thank Ms. Jennifer Pate Gilbert for her book.
I've learned so much about her through her brillantly written memoir. Read more
I loved this book. It's an incredibly honest and open story about about how the author not only survives a horrific, senseless attack but also deals with the aftermath and ensuing... Read morePublished 12 months ago by C&C
There's a sense of woe is me. While she climbs above some terrible events, I sense a superficial layer about this author that keeps me from caring. That's a shame.Published 13 months ago by MK
I was in a tragic accident 30 years ago. Even though it was so long ago, this book helped me immensely.Published 13 months ago by ALP